Posted: 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By A.J Black
We are now up to Week 4 of the upcoming Boston College 2013 football season. In Week 1 we took a look at Villanova football, a look at the history of the series, an indepth look at QB John Robertson and an interview with 'Nova Blog VUHoops.com. Earlier we dived into the difficult challenge of covering Michael Campanaro, and how BC can get on the right foot again against their #rivals. Two weeks ago we looked at USC, today we look at Boston College Atlantic Division nemesis, the Florida State Seminoles.
If you want to look back at 2012 and find one of the most embarrassing whoopings BC took, you would need to look no further than their game against Florida State. The eventual ACC Champions stomped the Eagles gaining 649 yards of total yards en route to an epic 51-7 win. BC looked completely unprepared, and were undressed by a much superior FSU team. Now let's never speak of that loss again.
Clearly FSU is the class of the ACC, and should continue that trend in 2013. On the offensive side of the ball Jimbo Fisher expects to be starting two sport star Jameis Winston, who most recently has been seen dazzling spectators with his arm during the College Baseball tournament. On one hand the red shirt freshman was the #1 ranked QB recruit in 2012, with a great skill set both in terms of his arms and his speed running the ball. On the other hand, he hasn't played a down at the collegiate level yet, which in itself brings a certain level of uncertainty to his role.
FSU also brings with them one of the most dynamic running backs in the country in James Wilder Jr. The junior running back has blistering speed, and could be one of the top tailbacks in the country this year. BC saw only a small dose of him last year, but that was enough, as Wilder Jr. ended the day with two touchdowns. Returning junior Devonta Freeman provides good depth at the RB position as well. Leading receiver Rashad Greene will be returning this year as well, while Greg Dent's future remains in limbo after his recent arrest for an alleged sexual assault.
On the defensive side of the ball, Florida State has many questions going into this season. Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops left FSU for his first head coaching job at Kentucky, replaced by Jeremy Pruitt. Also gone are sack monsters Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, but because of their superb recruiting FSU has the talent ready to step in and replace them. Highly touted Mario Edwards Jr. should be ready to take over the starting role at defensive end for FSU moving forward. Florida State also will be returning leading tackler linebacker Christian Jones.
Can BC hold their own against a team like FSU this year? It will be a tall task for Steve Addazio and company. But at least the game will be at home this year. So at least they have that going for them.
Things You Need To Know About Florida State:
Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher 31-10
Leading Returning Passer:Jacob Coker, Sophomore, 3-5, 45 yards, 1 Touchdown
Leading Returning Rusher: Devonta Freeman, Junior, 111 rushes, 660 yards, 8 Touchdowns
Leading Returning Receiver: Rashad Greene, Junior, 57 catches 741 yards, 6 Touchdowns
Recent Success: Won Orange Bowl over Northern Illinois last season
Famous Alumni: Deion Sanders, E.J. Manuel, Christian Ponder, Charlie Ward, Fred Biletnikoff, Derrick Brooks, Darnell Dockett, Warrick Dunn, Sebastian Janikowski,
Upcoming Schedule for Florida State Week:
Wednesday: Previews of FSU quarterback Jameis Winston & Mario Edwards Jr.
Thursday: Boston College's Key To Victory
Friday:Historical Recap of BC & FSU